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Obama: First grandmother is 'lady about town'

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson watch a college basketball game between George Washington University and Oregon State in Washington. Michelle Obamas brother Craig Robinson is head coach of Oregon State. President Barack Obamas mother-in-law lived in Chicago all her life, so it was only natural that her move to the White House came with some kicking and screaming. Just try it for three months, her son-in-law says the family suggested. A year later, what had been described as a temporary relocation is looking permanent.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson watch a college basketball game between George Washington University and Oregon State in Washington. Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson is head coach of Oregon State. President Barack Obama's mother-in-law lived in Chicago all her life, so it was only natural that her move to the White House came with some kicking and screaming. Just try it for three months, her son-in-law says the family suggested. A year later, what had been described as a temporary relocation is looking permanent. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert, File)

Marian Robinson wasn't sure she wanted to live in the White House, but the first grandmother and Chicago native seems to have settled in.

When President Barack Obama was elected, he said he and his family had to convince his mother-in-law to move to Washington. He encouraged her to try it for three months. A year later, it looks like she's staying put.

Robinson, who is widowed, spends much of her time looking after her granddaughters-- taking Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, to school almost every day. But she has also made a place for herself in D.C., making friends and inviting them over the White House.

She's 'quite the lady about town,' said the president.

Robinson is often seen out and about shopping on her own, at the Kennedy Center, or with the first family at events.

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